Renowned for its unusual abundance and diversity of warblers. May and June are best, but worthwhile throughout the year.
Doodletown is the site of a former hamlet just south of Bear Mountain and north of Dunderberg Mountain. Iona Island and Salisbury Meadow are just to the east. The site was settled by at least 1762 and, at its peak (about 1945), was home to about 300. After WWII, the Park gradually acquired many of the homes. By 1962, the remaining homes were condemned and the site was vacated by 1965. The foundations of many of the homes are still clearly visible. In the clearings, scrubby secondary growth, dominated by barberry, is prevalent.
A short description of Doodletown's history and an extensive listing of the flora can be found on the Torrey Botanical Society web site.
In spring Cerulean and Hooded warblers can be easily found. Other common warblers include Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Palm, Prairie, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Black-and-White, Canada, American Redstart, Blue-winged, Common Yellowthroat, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Ovenbird. In all, 32 species of wood warbler have been seen.
Other common species include: Turkey vulture, Black vulture, Canada goose, Mallard, Wood duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Tree Swallow, American Crow, Common raven, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, American Robin, Veery, Wood Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, and Song Sparrow. During spring, expect 50-70 species.